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January 13, 2014

NFL Updates: Brady, Manning will face off again

Tom Brady has beaten Peyton Manning-led teams 10 of 14 times when the two have gone head to head. They'll meet again Sunday in the AFC Championship Game at Denver, where the New England Patriots will attempt to make their sixth Super Bowl appearance (and win their fourth) with Brady at the helm.

Brady told the "Dennis & Callahan Show" on WEEI sports radio in Boston today a win in Denver would be as satisfying a victory as he's ever had, calling his team the underdog.

"I think we've overcome a lot of things, a lot of injuries, and we've had some amazing comebacks to get to this situation where we finished the regular season 12-4 with a lot of players filling some big roles over the course of the year," Brady said. "And then having really played our best football the last three weeks, and now to get a chance to go play one of the best teams in the league, it's everything you could ask for. This is what football is all about."

New England overcame a 24-point deficit to beat the Broncos in Foxboro, Mass., earlier this year.

"This game is going to come down to who plays the best, and we'll be able to take some things that we did when we played and study them and prepare for them, but we'll have different things to do, they'll have different things to do," he said. "Their team is different than when they played us, and we're pretty different than when we played them."

Brady and San Francisco starting center Jon Goodwin are the only two Wolverines left standing, though former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49ers and Mario Manningham in on San Fran's injured reserve. Here's how the former Wolverines in the NFL fared in playoff action.

NFL Wolverines
Tom Brady
New England Patriots

Completed 13 of 25 passes for 198 yards in a 43-22 win over the Colts that sends the Patriots to the AFC Championship Game Completed 380 of 628 passes for 4,343 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in the regular season.
Jonathan Goodwin
San Francisco 49ers

Started at center in a 23-10, NFC Divisional win at Carolina and is slated to start again the NFC Championship Game at Seattle Started all 16 games for the 12-4 49ers in the regular season.
Mario Manningham
San Francisco 49ers

Missed the last two regular season games with a knee injury and went back on injured reserve before San Fran's 23-20 win at Arizona in week 17, so didn't play in the 49ers' 23-10 NFC divisional win at Carolina Hauled in nine receptions for 85 yards through six games (three starts) in the regular season after returning from the physically unable to perform list.
Jonas Mouton
San Diego Chargers

Suffered an ACL injury in the preseason and went on injured reserve, missing the year, so missed a 24-17 AFC divisional loss at Denver.
Craig Roh
Carolina Panthers

Spent all 16 weeks of the season on the 12-4 Panthers' practice squad Carolina lost to San Francisco, 23-10, in the NFC Divisional game.
Stephen Schilling
San Diego Chargers

Did not start, but played in an AFC divisional game, a 24-17 loss at Denver Played in seven games during the regular season.
Martell Webb
Indianapolis Colts

Joined the 11-5 Colts' practice squad Nov. 28 after a short stint on the Detroit Lions' practice squad and remained there through the year The Colts lost at New England, 43-22, in an AFC divisional game Webb had been released by the Tennessee Titans prior to the regular season.

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